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CJ Johnson

CJ Johnson
CJ Johnson's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): ABC Radio (Australia)

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
3/5 42% Wilson (2017) Has many gags that fall flat, but there are also some true zingers ... the plot is refreshingly loose and unformulaic, rambling from one situation to another like a dim puppy. It's almost instantly forgettable, but it's never not engaging as it plays.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 24, 2017
3.5/5 72% Alien: Covenant (2017) Somewhat rescues the bewildering Prometheus (2012) after the fact ... A darkly enchanting adventure... While the grim, scary action of the first and third acts is impeccably done, it was that long, meditative second act that I enjoyed the most.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 90% I Am Heath Ledger (2017) Devoid of gossip and any hint of salaciousness, I Am Heath Ledger is a cinematic portrait of Ledger the artist ... the trove of Ledger's own recordings gives us an intimacy that previous generations of film biographers could only dream of. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 17, 2017
3/5 100% Pork Pie (2017) Matt Murphy honours father Geoff Murphy's 1980 original - a milestone in New Zealand cinema - with loving care, identifying its mass appeal, correctly, not so much as being hysterically funny as being absolutely stuffed full of heart.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
2/5 83% Denial (2016) Three excellent performances and undeniably gripping - and important - subject matter just manage to support a dunderheaded script, ham-fisted direction and a lead performance from Rachel Weiss that borders on the unwatchable.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 15, 2017
3/5 100% Things to Come (L'avenir) (2016) Like its protagonist, hardly prone to hysteria of any kind.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
4/5 99% Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele's debut as a feature film writer/director announces him as a major talent with a big, big career ahead. Get Out is fabulous, a film that not only gets better as it goes along, but keeps getting better the more you think about it afterwards. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/5 55% Rules Don't Apply (2016) Given his famously protracted deliberations, it is almost certainly the last film we will ever get from Beatty the auteur. It's a nice, warm, genial and embraceable farewell.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted May 10, 2017
3.5/5 67% Free Fire (2017) The good news is, it's definitely fun, and we do care, at least a little, about the characters and the situation ... [but] in its long second act and into its third, it's a very easy movie to tune out of.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/5 78% Berlin Syndrome (2017) Impeccably directed, shot and acted, there's no denying that the script is just another take on an unhinged man who kidnaps an attractive woman and holds her captive; it is tense and suspenseful but really has nothing to say.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 26, 2017
3/5 87% Their Finest (2017) A very enjoyable romp through familiarly enjoyable territory ... Watching how digestible propaganda was made at the highest levels of the British war effort is fascinating ... much of the film, and certainly the premise, is great. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
4/5 90% Raw (2017) I am thrilled beyond measure to be witness to the cinematic birth of a new, young voice in articulate, emotionally rich, cinematically rigorous horror cinema ... a mesmerising, totally compelling - and, yes, grisley - thrill ride.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2017
1.5/5 79% Colossal (2017) A rampaging misfire of a movie ... ham-fisted, nail-hammering, on-the-nose stuff, as clunky and over-emphatic as this sentence. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
4/5 79% Personal Shopper (2017) Stewart's finest performance ... the film is the equal of Clouds of Sils Maria and up there with Assayas' best ... keeps shifting gears with highly-engineered precision ... Easy answers are not readily apparent [but] the whole is immensely satisfying.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2017
3/5 89% Frantz (2017) Celebrates its story's sense of the past with formal construction [and] gentle pacing ... often very striking ... It feels, to a degree, like an exercise in style, made more to satisfy an urge of Ozon's own rather than that of any contemporary audience.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 45% Ghost in the Shell (2017) Almost shockingly strange, disquieting, melancholic, creepy, and sad. For a big-studio, extremely expensive, bus-stop-and-billboard-advertised piece of mainstream entertainment, it feels astonishingly authentic, and doesn't smell mainstream at all. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2017
3.5/5 90% The Lego Batman Movie (2017) Enormously entertaining, inventive and visually spectacular ... has lavish fun referencing the Batman mythology from go to woe, and the deeper you're enmeshed in that universe, the more fun you'll have. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
4/5 88% Land of Mine (Under Sandet) (2017) In terms of tension and suspense, who could possibly imagine a better set-up? Writer/director Martin Zandvliet, however, gives us much more than a bloody horrorshow ... [he] forensically examines issues of vengeance, forgiveness, compassion and humanity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Apr 3, 2017
3/5 100% The Family (2016) The core material, and the interviews, are urgent, essential records of an astonishingly awful Australian story.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
2/5 52% The Boss Baby (2017) Baldwin is an adult entertainer and his persona crosses into the body of an infant very uncomfortably.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
4/5 80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life (2017) As charming, touching, erudite and opinionated as its subject.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 22, 2017
1.5/5 17% A Few Less Men (2016) A Few Best Men (2012), a woefully unfunny Australian / British co-pro farce, didn't need a sequel, and A Few Less Men rises to the occasion by being completely and utterly redundant. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
2.5/5 89% Loving (2016) Nichols seems so determined to avoid over-dramatising his wonderful source material that he under-dramatises it to the point of dilution, and, unfortunately, exasperation.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 16, 2017
3/5 76% Kong: Skull Island (2017) Once [John C. Reilly] enters, the film gives up any pretence at being anything approaching scary and doubles down on the jokes. From then on it's a lethal tight-forty at the Skull Island Club, two-drink minimum, try the veal. Or one of the cast.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
4/5 97% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The Salesman is more contemplative and in many ways smaller, more contained [than Farhadi's other work.] ... Of his four [major] films, I rank it number three, but it still towers above eighty-eight percent of the films that reach our silver screens.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2017
3.5/5 72% Jasper Jones (2016) Engrossing, surprising and moving, and obviously made with great care and love.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
4.5/5 78% T2 Trainspotting (2017) Doyle has lost none of his wild stylistic imagination, deploying dreamscapes, visual metaphors, perfect snatches of song, human-scale VFX and plenty of footage from the original film to tie them together perfectly, in tone, structure, style and feel. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2017
3.5/5 77% A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) Spottiswoode keeps the vibe gritty and authentic, which is in itself remarkable for a film about a young man and a cat. Tough and tender, and a massive, welcome February surprise. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
4/5 93% Hidden Figures (2017) You'd need to have a cold stone heart - or, I suppose, prejudicially racialist views - to dislike Hidden Figures ... A wonderful, rather incredible story, full of triumphant moments and performed by a perfect cast.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2017
3/5 42% Gold (2017) Many of the true story's outlandish details are there on screen, and they make for some excellent twists and turns.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4/5 92% Toni Erdmann (2016) Superb and deeply-layered examination of the special relationship between fathers and daughters [and] much more than that ... thoroughly engaging, moving and meaningful, a major film with a lot on its mind.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 10, 2017
4.5/5 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) What you may not have heard is that, for the vast majority of its running time, it is very, very funny ... A great film. It is thoroughly involving, deeply moving, and sparkles with humanity. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
3/5 82% Perfect Strangers (Perfetti sconosciuti) (2016) It skates by on very professional performances and a smattering of revelations that manage to subvert our expectations by about ten percent.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2017
4/5 98% Moonlight (2016) It's one of those rare films that actually hits you the hardest the moment it finishes, when, all of a sudden, you realise what it is that you've actually been watching.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 29, 2017
4.5/5 89% Jackie (2016) Has almost unbearable extra resonance in these waning days of the Obama administration ... The themes are big but the focus is tight as a drum ... astonishingly effective production and costume design ... Portman [give]s [a] tremendous performance.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 86% Lion (2016) Director Garth Davis and screenwriter Luke Davies have delivered the tasteful version, one that avoids practically all the story's potential [bombastic, sensational, sentimental] landmines in lieu of honest emotion. It is a film of great integrity.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 95% The Edge of Seventeen (2016) Can hold its head very high in [the] company [of] ... Clueless, Mean Girls and Juno ... A total home run as a first feature for writer/director/producer Kelly Fremon Craig, it's consistently funny, moving and emotionally honest.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2017
4/5 93% La La Land (2016) I could feel the large group of critics at the screening I attended sitting on their hands, resisting the uncouth impulse to applaud.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 41% Office Christmas Party (2016) Stupid Hollywood formula ruins the last act, but until then it's an amiable ride, resting squarely on Miller's ample shoulders.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 15, 2016
3/5 98% Little Men (2016) As it moves calmly but deliberately along, the power of the dilemmas facing each of the main characters grows stronger. Inexorably, you can't help but be drawn in.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Dec 1, 2016
2.5/5 96% The Fencer (Miekkailija) (2015) I wish I'd known The Fencer was a true story before it began ... It would have made its sentimental and seemingly formulaic story feel much less on the nose. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 91% I, Daniel Blake (2017) Loach really rages against the machine here - emphatically, heroically, stoically - but the true heart of the film, the friendship between Daniel and Katie, is touching and sincere. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 24, 2016
4/5 73% Nocturnal Animals (2016) A seriously mature work, a terrifying thriller for adults that has staggering resonance in the wake of the US election results.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2016
3.5/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) Every shot is stunning, and many are breathtaking ... With its twisty-turny plot, stunning visuals and lashings of explicit lady-on-lady sex, [it] is probably [Park's] most accessible film to date. Great fun and an experiential feast.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
2.5/5 93% Arrival (2016) Feels deeply, cloyingly influenced by others. It's the last act of Close Encounters of the Third Kind meets Contact meets Inception / Interstellar meets The Tree of Life ... tries too hard to make you cry to actually make you cry. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
3/5 52% The Accountant (2016) Ben Affleck gets to play Will Hunting and Jason Bourne in this superhero origin story for adults ... Besides the incredible skills, we get a secret lair, double identities, even a shot of identical suits lined up in a closet like Batsuits.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4.5/5 97% Hell or High Water (2016) The sad, dusty towns against which this classically-oriented story play out are breathtakingly evocative, as are the bodies and faces of all the Texans we meet along the way. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Nov 9, 2016
4/5 90% Elle (2016) A mesmerizing, frenzied abomination, a thrilling, propulsively lurid provocation that is simultaneously classy and grotesque, refined and coarse, arthouse and grindhouse. ‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3.5/5 71% Café Society (2016) Arguably Allen's best-looking movie in colour. The script does feel like it's been cobbled togther by a computer program, but at least a computer program with access to the Woody archives: if nothing else, there's no doubt this is a Woody Allen movie.‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 28, 2016
3/5 77% Boys in the Trees (2016) Who knew to mesh the American Halloween aesthetic to Adelaide streets, skateboard culture and Dinosaur Jr?‐ ABC Radio (Australia)
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2016